Yoong hopes to stay at Minardi

Malaysia's KL Minardi Asiatech driver, Alex Yoong, has indicated that he would like to remain with the outfit for next season, hoping that they exercise the current option for his 2003 services. It has been confirmed that the outfit signed Alex to...

Malaysia's KL Minardi Asiatech driver, Alex Yoong, has indicated that he would like to remain with the outfit for next season, hoping that they exercise the current option for his 2003 services. It has been confirmed that the outfit signed Alex to a 'one-year-plus-one-year' contract when the 25-year-old Malaysian joined the famous Faenza squad at the end of last year.

Despite some glitches, Alex has been improving his performance throughout the year, learning more at every race he competes in. Despite criticism over the fact that he is still behind teammate Mark Webber in terms of performance, the young driver knows that progress has been made and is confident that his improved performances will speak for themselves over the rest of the season.

"I believe the first half of this year has enabled me to learn a lot about Formula One, and that experience is now beginning to be reflected in my on-track performance," observes Yoong. "I also realise that, with the exception of three of the past nine races, the results have not really been there, and that there has been criticism, both at home and abroad, as a result. In reality, though, it is only my engineer, Greg Wheeler and myself who truly know the progress I've made, and we feel I'm much stronger now than at the beginning of the year. My qualifying pace, and especially my race pace, have improved, and I feel confident this will show in my favour during the balance of the season."

But, what are Yoong's plans if Minardi decides not to exercise the option? While Alex doesn't want to think the worst that may see him out of the pinnacle of Motorsports, he isn't complacent either. The Malaysian's management will look at other opportunities for the future, and there are many.

"We will, of course, then look at opportunities elsewhere, including across the Atlantic and in other forms of racing in Europe, such as GTs and sports cars," he said. "A testing role with another F1 team can also be explored. For now, though, my focus is absolutely 100 per cent on improving and getting the most out of the KL Minardi Asiatech package and hope that my performance for the rest of the season will convince the team to exercise their option on me for next year."

-alexyoong.com-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Alex Yoong
Teams Minardi